Cossham minor injuries unit 'long overdue'

April 08 2022

MORE than 5,000 people have backed calls for a Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital.

Residents say that it is needed so people in the Kingswood area don’t have to travel to the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Southmead Hospital or Yate Minor Injuries Unit, which are several miles away and are all overstretched. 

A petition started by Josh Ditte, a urology and blood service nurse at Southmead Hospital, and reinforced by The Week In newspaper, has been submitted to the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and is due to be considered this month.

It is also being sent to North Bristol NHS Trust, local MPs, Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The 5,078-signature petition won cross-party support at South Gloucestershire Council’s health scrutiny committee last month. 

Kingswood Labour Councillor Andrea Reid said it was difficult for people to get to the main hospitals or to Yate if they did not have a car or when they were injured so  could not drive.

She said many residents had contacted her about the problem, including one mother of children with brittle bone disease who often needed X-rays and currently had to go to Bristol Children’s Hospital.

“As a council we want to narrow the inequality gap. Health outcomes will be less positive as a knock-on effect [of not having an MIU in Kingswood],” she said.

Lib Dem Councillor Ruth Davis said the Yate MIU had extended its opening hours but this was not enough to meet demand. Another MIU at Cossham was needed to help reduce pressure on Bristol and Southmead hospitals, she said.

Conservative Judy Adams said she hoped the campaign was successful as an MIU at Cossham was long overdue.

Cossham Hospital, which opened on Lodge Hill over a century ago, had been due to close completely in 2004. Following a huge community campaign, it was saved and underwent a £19 million refurbishment. 

 Nowadays it is home to a small birth centre, outpatient services, physiotherapy, a dialysis unit, audiology department and X-ray and scanning department and is the base for the out-of-hours GP service. 

An MIU at Cossham was considered  but the plan was dropped in favour of a pilot service treating minor injuries at local GP surgeries, which was not continued.